Taught course

Applied Social Research

Edinburgh Napier University · School of Applied Sciences

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above in a related social sciences or humanities subjects (e.g. sociology, psychology, criminology, anthropology, social care, cultural studies, education, journalism, media and history).

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience.

Months of entry


Course content

An applied, carefully tailored and employer-backed new programme, which responds to the current needs in the social research sector.

MSc Applied Social Research will help you to develop:

  • A critical awareness of the economic, socio-cultural and political contexts that influence the practice of social research in various fields (i.e. academic, non-governmental, business, government & policy, media & creative industries).
  • An ability to find and use reliable data for an interdisciplinary and critically informed discussion on a range of contemporary issues and social policies that impact on individuals and groups.
  • An ability to critically evaluate and assess evidence, impact & outcomes, and to identify the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of trustworthiness, validity, authenticity, and re-liability that inform such claims.
  • An ability to reflect on the real-life implications of social research designs and qualitative & quantitative methodologies in ad-dressing socio-cultural, economic, and political issues and inequalities in diverse contexts.
  • An ability to apply social research principles and skills in real-life settings, working both independently and collaboratively, to de-liver ethically and academically robust research projects.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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